I stayed overnight, in transit through Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. The Blue Pearl was the only hotel... See full review
3 Jul 2013
Out of the way, overpriced
I stayed at this hotel several times over the course of a month. The first thing to mention is... See full review
22 Jun 2013
The hotel has a rooftop small swimming pool with sun loungers and tables and chairs for guests to relax in. There is also small gymnasium which guests can use free of charge. The hotel has impressive conference facilities and on the ground floor there are retail shops. A tall multistory modern building painted beige and white. The Blue Pearl hotel is part of the Ubungo Plaza and is close to the city's main bus terminal and the popular Millimani shopping centre. It is also just a 10 minute drive from the city centre and 15 minutes from Dar Es Salaam international airport
Blue Pearl Rooms
These are one bed apartments are spacious with king size beds and en-suite bathrooms. 3* standard with satellite TV, internet, air-con, minibar and a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities.
24 hour room service
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There is a good size restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a cafe which is open 24 hours a day.
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I stayed overnight, in transit through Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. The Blue Pearl was the only hotel where I could (easily) find a room, perhaps due to the Obama visit in Dar. The hotel is big and set up for large meetings/conferences. On this
occasion it felt deserted; I saw maybe a dozen other guests. The room was large and comfortable and clean, but nothing special. Food was African standard. Staff were friendly and helpful. Location is a bit out of the way -- several kms from downtown Dar, and not near the coast (at least not that I could tell). A utilitarian place to spend a night, but nothing to get excited about. Megachurch under construction right next door starts blaring Swahili sermons over very good loudspeakers at 6am, and hotel walls are too thin to permit any sort of sleep after that.
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Review of Blue Pearl
Would not recommend
22 Jun 2013
Out of the way, overpriced
I stayed at this hotel several times over the course of a month. The first thing to mention is location. It is in Ubungo, near the bus terminal and not far from the University of Dar es Salaam. If you have business in this area, the hotel is a
good option. However, if you plan to spend time in the city center, Msasani, or elsewhere, the hotel is well out of the way, especially considering the horrible traffic problems facing the city. There is also very little within walking distance, and the Plaza adjacent to the hotel offers very little as well.
In terms of the hotel itself, the rooms are apartment-style and very spacious. The hot water and a/c work very well. But the hotel is certainly not four-star quality. It is overpriced compared to options that offer a better quality of stay. Services such as laundry are nothing short of highway robbery. There is also a tremendous amount of noise from the outside, in particular a nearby church that produces loud singing at around 5 in the morning.
All in all, there are much better options in Dar es Salaam.
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